Former Springfield Business Journal Employee Sentenced

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/15 2014 04:45PM

Updated 04/15 2014 06:32PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former office manager at the Springfield Business Journal has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $2,660.34 after she pleaded guilty to stealing money over more than two years from the publication.

Jennie Tritch, 36, worked for the paper for six years as an office manager in charge of payroll. She was charged with stealing and forgery.

Court documents state that publisher of the Business Journal reported the theft in July 2012.

Tritch allegedly stole $96,000 from the publication between August 2009 and January 2012. She was fired from the paper in January 2012.

Springfield Officer Annesha Umbarger writes in a probable cause statement that the publisher reported Jennie "adjusted her cafeteria plan and medical insurance withholdings, produced fictitious bonus checks with forged signatures, produced extra payroll checks, and made unauthorized charges to the business Staples account."

The money was allegedly deposited into the bank accounts of Tritch and her husband.  Police say in September 2012 Tritch signed a notarized, voluntary statement admitting to the theft of approximately $80,000, and has paid back $5,826.99.

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